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Photos Opps With Santa and Santa Sightings in San Diego 2017

There are may places in San Diego to get photos taken of your kiddos or of your family with Santa.

While we try to be the most comprehensive resource for our San Diego moms, there might be some locations we have missed! Please let us know by leaving a comment so we can add any locations that were missed.

First listed- San Diego malls. If you are looking for a traditional Santa photo, these are all the malls that are participating in having a  full blown Santa set up. We encourage you to call ahead or check the website of the mall you are planning to visit for Santa photos. Santa times change daily, and Santa needs a lot of cookie breaks, so you want to plan your trip to align with Santa’s schedule!


Westfield UTC

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield North County

Westfield Plaza Camino Real

Westfield Plaza Bonita

Westfield Mission Valley

Fashion Valley

Grossmont Center

Otay Ranch Town Center

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets


If you are looking to have more then just a mall experience for Santa photos, check out these local attractions that have many other Christmas and holiday themed activites ontop of photos with Santa!



Seaport Village

Starting in November, Santa will be located in the East Plaza Gazebo. Check website for accurate dates and times!


Meet Santa in his cottage and get your photo taken with him and your family. Also, share some laughs with Santa’s friendly elves. Santa’s cottage is located in Christmas Village. 

San Diego Botanic Gardens

What could be better than posing with Santa surrounded by more than 125,000 twinkling lights adorning 37 acres of beautiful tress and plants? The San Diego Botanic Garden makes this possible. Check website for details.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Santa will make an appearance during the Jungle Bells lights celebration time frame starting at the beginning of December. Check their website for details.

Sips and Sweets with Santa (Santa’s Sweet Shop)

December 2nd at Hotel Karlan in Rancho Bernardo

Santa’s Village (San Marcos Civic Center)

One day only- Saturday December 2nd

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

One day only- December 2nd

Santa by the Sea

One day only- Sunday December 3rd

Tree Lighting Event at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Sunday  November 26th (5pm- 7:30pm) – this event includes live music, free photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause, hot chocolate and cookies


December 12-18th



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